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The Obamas love, but question, America

A favorite theme, said Salil Mehra, now a law professor at Temple University, were the values and cultural touchstones that Americans share. Mr. Obama's case in point: his wife, Michelle, a black woman, loved "The Brady Bunch" so much that she could identify every episode by its opening shots.

After the fluff, the meat:

In the national level, bipartisanship usually means Democrats ignore the needs of the poor and abandon the idea that government can play a role in issues of poverty, race discrimination, sex discrimination or environmental protection.

The Long Run: Teaching Law, Testing Ideas, Obama Stood Apart
Published: July 30, 2008
In his 12 years as a professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School, Barack Obama was popular and enigmatic.


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